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Mixed media collage: is this the Glasgow in Bits eBook cover?
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I have been a bit quiet on the photography front recently but I have been trying out loads of ideas for the next edition of the Glasgow in Bits eBook.

Honestly, I have never really been happy with the original covers.  The first two versions of the eBook seem to have been rushed out a bit quicker than they should have been and on both occasions the cover image was a bit ‘splash and dash’ I suppose.  You live and learn.

After a few missteps I have created something I am actually happy with and (at this stage) I am ninety percent sure this will be the cover image for the next edition of the Glasgow in Bits eBook.

The collage its is created using only photographs taken for the Glasgow in Bits project and was entirely analogue until the very last stage where I photographed the design and added a few paint splatters etc in Photoshop.  I have to admit just being away from the computer I creating something using such simple tools was a really enjoyable experience, and one I am sure I will take up again soon.

New photographs added to Glasgow in Bits and a wee teaser trailer video too

Added a number of new photographs to the Glasgow in Bits project here and put together a wee teaser video showing off some of the images so far… and hopefully encourage a few folks to download the pdf eBook You can download the free Glasgow in Bits eBook here. Enjoy.

Glasgow in Bits: download free photography eBook now
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My Glasgow in Bits project has been coming together quite nicely over the last few months with new shots are been added on a regular basis.

Glasgow in Bits began life as a way of bringing together a number many disparate images that I had created during different walks around the city trying out different lenses, focal lengths, or photographic styles.

However, in recent months the project has morphed in to a kid of photographic document of Glasgow’s smaller spaces, back streets, architectural details, textures and shapes.

The city itself is always under development and the speed of change with Glasgow is remarkable. It will be interesting look back on what has changed and what has remained in the city centre in the coming years.

This is version one of the eBook and I am aiming to create new versions every six months or so - the number of photographs that I post to the website means that it can be appreciate the flow of the project. Creating the eBook is also a nice way of culling shots and building a collection of photographs to showcase the project as a whole.

Download Glasgow in Bits here

Urban and abstract photography using classic lenses: Canon FD 100mm 2.8

The Canon FD 100mm 2.8 is the first vintage Canon lens I have tried. Come to think of it, it is the first ever Canon lens I used. Period.

I have read a few bits and bobs about Canon’s FD range and I took this out for a spin around the city centre in Glasgow.

Modern architecture in Glasgow’s financial district

Modern architecture in Glasgow’s financial district

I enjoy using these telephoto primes as the lend themselves perfectly to a more abstract style of photography - something I seem to be continually pulled back to no matter how I much I try to move on to something new

The lens itself was light and responsive. Even when using a fairly chunky K&F adaptor the FD 100mm 2.8 sat nicely on my Fujifilm XT2 and felt comfortable in the hand.

The 100mm focal length is great for picking out architectural shapes and details

The 100mm focal length is great for picking out architectural shapes and details

The focussing was silky smooth - although I did miss focus on a few occasions but I will put this down to user error and the fact I was scurrying around eagerly searching out compositions. The aperture rings clicks nicely in to place. Overall the lens is a joy to use.

Brutalist architecture in Cardogan Street

Brutalist architecture in Cardogan Street

Architecture on the river Clyde

Architecture on the river Clyde

Motorway overpass near Anderston

Motorway overpass near Anderston

More information on the various Canon FD 100mm 2.8 can be found here.

If you have any questions about this lens or these images please leave a comment below.